Shipping, Ports and Maritime Logistics

Transport of goods and people involves a versatile combination of maritime and port logistics and shipping operations with a large number of companies and authorities.

We run research and development projects on, for example, port-related socio-economic impacts, unit costs of vessel traffic, transport market research, and transport logistics.


InCompEdu - Innovative Competence in Online Higher Education

The InCompEdu project, financed by ERASMUS +, tackles the common challenges in the sudden switch to online teaching at the HEI in the EU, due to COVID-19, by identifying and sharing the good practices, knowledge and experience gained at the partner universities and beyond. The challenges include both mastering of new digital skills and the methodologies of creating and conducting online courses. The project consortium involves 6 academic partners from 6 different countries, that is, Croatia, Finland, Italy, Poland, Romania and Slovenia, led by the University of Gdansk, Poland.

The target groups to be addressed are the community of academic teachers and HEI Authorities responsible for study programmes. These groups have been forced to make rapid changes in course programs and teaching methods. The project’s activities will focus on two aspects, that is, digital competence of academic teachers, and the development of new competences in creation and implementation of online/hybrid courses and innovative curricula.

Brahea Centre at the University of Turku, Centre for Maritime Studies coordinates the Intellectual Output 1 (IO1) “Identification of problems and good practices with transferring academic teaching to on-line mode”. A survey on the challenges of online teaching will be realised and good practices will be identified also in thematic interviews.

Project implementation time: 1 April 2021 - 31 March 2023


  • University of Gdańsk, Poland (Lead Partner)
  • University of Rijeka, Croatia
  • University of Rome, Italy
  • University of Alba Iulia, Romania
  • University of Primorska, Slovenia
  • Brahea Centre at the University of Turku, Centre for Maritime Studies


Contact: Riitta Pöntynen I I p. 040 351 0476



Reinforcing Eastern Finland-Estonia Transport Corridor (REFEC)

The heavy vehicle traffic (trucks and trailers) on ferries over the Gulf of Finland has been increasing since the 1990’s and the trend is estimated to continue. There are two ferry routes between Finland and Estonia (Helsinki-Tallin and Hanko-Paldiski). Remarkable part of this heavy vehicle traffic takes place between Eastern Finland and Eastern Estonia, and further southwards. The solution to activate the Eastern Finland – Eastern Estonia corridor would to establish a ferry connection between ports of Loviisa (FI) and Kunda (EE). This connection is practically in direct north-south axis (54 sea miles). Moreover, there is no Russian territorial water in between.

The project aims at reinforcing the establishment of Eastern Finland-Eastern-Estonia transport corridor. The project outputs are focused mainly on concrete measures to support Loviisa-Kunda ferry connection. This includes port operative and investment planning, roadmap to comply the needed licenses and regulatory requirements, best practice transferred from similar connections in the BSR, ferry scheduling and route option plans, business model(s) with potential shipping companies, marketing plan and events to promote the connection. Furthermore the cargo potential of the corridor is analysed and the impact of the developed corridor is verified (reduced travel time, volume using the corridor and Loviisa-Kunda connection).

In addition to the faster and more fluent transports between eastern parts of Finland and Estonia there are other beneficiaries of the activated transport corridor. The traffic to/from Eastern Finland that uses Via Baltica would benefit from more direct connections as well. Another major advantage is relieving the pressure of growing heavy traffic (traffic jams, emissions, noise, dust) in the city centres of Tallinn and Helsinki. The decreased mileage in transports means also less CO2 emissions.

The Centre for Maritime Studies is the lead partner in REFEC. The other partners are the town of Loviisa, Port of Kunda and Posintra Ltd. The project budget is 728 192 € of which 569 664 € is from ERFD (Interreg Central Baltic Programme) and the rest from the partners.

REFEC reports: A 74 and A 77

Contact: Reima Helminen, Senior Researcher, tel. +358 40 580 2411,

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